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Post of The Month (July)

Aidan is our Post of The Month winner voted by the community for the following post:

"Hey Lucie,

You say you're still on medication and have had lots of therapy? Maybe it's a matter of revisiting old coping techniques and anything else like that, that therapy taught you?

And Drea is absolutely right! Even someone with everything material that they could ever want isn't insusceptible to mental illness. Any sex, race, age, class; it doesn't discriminate...
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GCSE Results Day

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  • GCSE Results Day

    Hey everyone,

    For some of you, it's GCSE results day today. We want to wish you all the best of luck with your results and also provide you with some helpful resources to help you through the day if you're feeling worried or haven't got the results you wanted.

    For some of us, getting different results to what we wanted can be stressful and scary. However, there's still lots of options out there for you. The Mix have a great article about coping with low GCSE or SQA results. Here's a bit of information from the article:

    Can I resit my GCSEs or SQAs?

    Yes. Here are some things to consider before you decide what to do.
    • Most schools and colleges let you resit GCSEs/SQAs while doing other courses. This may help you to keep moving forwards while getting the qualifications you need.
    • Maths and English are key to most further study and career options, so if you reckon a C grade is within your grasp, then go for it. You can sometimes do resits as early as November.
    • Think carefully before taking a large number of resits. If the reason you didnít do so well in the first place was that you hated coursework and exams, then itís not going to be so different this time round. If it was just exam nerves, itís probably worth giving things another shot.
    I was going to do AS-levels or Highers. Is that still possible?

    In Scotland, you usually need a credit level Standard Grade (also called grade 1 or 2) to take a subject at Higher level. In the rest of the UK, sixth forms and colleges typically want five A-C grades at GCSE for AS-level students. But these are just guidelines Ė thereís no harm asking around.
    If you did badly at GCSE/SQA because of illness or family problems, your college may be sympathetic Ė itís worth asking. If youíre coming back to education after a few years out you may be given special dispensation, but donít rely on this.
    Even if you canít do AS-levels or Highers, it doesnít mean universityís out of the question, if thatís a long-term goal. Plenty of people get there by taking vocational qualifications.
    There's a few other article on The Mix website that might be helpful to read through:
    What should I do after GCSEs
    Results day

    If you're looking for someone to talk to about your results and possible options for you, here's a few people and places you can reach out to:

    Careers Advisors: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each have their own careers service helplines Ė perfect if you need to chat to someone in a hurry. Better still, fix a meeting with a local adviser. Theyíll know all about schemes in your area.

    Teachers: Even if you didnít always see eye to eye, teachers know a lot about you. Donít be afraid to ask them which style of learning would suit you best.

    FE College Guidance Officers: FE Colleges have people who will find a course to suit you. Theyíre on your side. If they donít have anything thatís right, theyíll say so and point you in another direction.

    Friends and family: The people who know you best. Just talking things through can throw up new ideas. But donít be afraid to do your own thing.
    You can also talk to us here about your results. How are you all feeling today? Did you get the results you were hoping for?

    - Aife & the Community Team
    We're James, Aife & Mike: the staff team here at The Mix.
    If you have any questions about this place, feel free to
    ask over in the
    Help Desk or send us a private message.

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